Giving evidence in fraud and bribery case, Rajoy denies any knowledge of illegal funding racket within ruling People’s party

Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, became the first serving Spanish premier to testify in a criminal case on Wednesday when he emphatically denied any knowledge of an illegal funding racket within the ruling People’s party.

Rajoy, the PP’s vice secretary general between 1990 and 2003, had been called to give evidence in the Gürtel case, in which 37 business and political figures were accused of involvement in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.

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